The Bluegrass State has now become the 26th U.S state to join in the fight against the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Denouncing BDS as anti-Semitic and “repugnant,” Kentucky governor Matt Bevin signed an executive order last week barring state contracts with companies that support a boycott of the State of Israel.
Surrounded by rabbis, Gov. Bevin signed the measure at a ceremony at the state capitol, with Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer and Consul General of Israel to the Southeastern United States Judith Varnai Shorer in attendance.
“The State of Israel is an important friend and trading partner to the Commonwealth,” said Bevin. “We will not allow state resources to benefit entities that intentionally engage in discriminatory practices to harm the sovereignty and economic prosperity of any ally nation. Today’s executive order makes it clear that Kentucky condemns the BDS movement and that we stand shoulder to shoulder with our friend, Israel.”